In this beginning of brand new year 2015, I started with a quick redesign and implementation of my blog site simple2kx.com under WordPress Clean Theme Implementation.
First of all, I would like to talk about design. I really suck at doing web design, therefore, of course, I was trying to find some free resource / template by which I can modify and enhance. The design idea is to show content in a clean, easy to read and UI friendly environment. Lucky for me, I found this “artcore” template, which is not built for WP theme, but it is a well coded template based on bootstrap. This template is located at http://www.templatemo.com/preview/templatemo_423_artcore. I really like its full screen search overlay feature, which is stunning and unique under responsive design.
For blog redesign, I also used jQuery Timeline plugin from http://codyhouse.co/gem/vertical-timeline/. This timeline looks amazing! And it is responsive design, which can fit into the bootstrap environment easily with minor code tweak. Unfortunately, the CSS looks a bit messy so I would rather update it for better structure if I can find myself some coffee time.
In this blog redesign, I also used “Responsive Lightbox by dFactory” WordPress plugin. This plugin is really well done. It can alter WordPress default gallery shortcode to transform default gallery image list to become full screen lightbox under responsive design. The only thing I may want to update in the near future is to update default gallery shortcode output with updated css so that it is not just 3 thumbnail items per row but it should show more items with better image listing presentation.
In terms of blog content, I decided to make my blog look much cleaner with only resume and top 20 blog posts in home page. And the rest is blog listing, portfolio listing and other archive pages. However, I will, for sure, start a new section about my WordPress Clean Theme to show I grow my development experience in my current working company Radii Production.
In this year 2015, I would love to work harder and share more what I learned to WordPress community.